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mousey

[mou-see, -zee]
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adjective, mous·i·er, mous·i·est.
  1. mousy.
Related formsmous·i·ly, adverbmous·i·ness, noun

mousy

or mous·ey

[mou-see, -zee]
adjective, mous·i·er, mous·i·est.
  1. resembling or suggesting a mouse, as in color or odor.
  2. drab and colorless.
  3. meek; timid: A drill sergeant can't be mousy!
  4. quiet; noiseless: a mousy tread.
  5. infested with mice.

Origin of mousy

First recorded in 1805–15; mouse + -y1
Related formsmous·i·ly, adverbmous·i·ness, noun

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3. fearful, shy, bashful, timorous.
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Examples from the Web for mousey

Historical Examples

  • The young 'uns is mostly ginger, and them that ain't is mousey.

    Colonial Born

    G. Firth Scott

  • "So I will, Mousey, if you get me some bread for my breakfast," said the Farmer.

  • So I will, Mousey, if you will get me some hay for my breakfast.

  • "So I will, Mousey, if you get me some meat for my breakfast," said the baker.

  • As soon as Sophy came in, he slipped out in the mousey way that she so disliked.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives


British Dictionary definitions for mousey

mousey

adjective mousier or mousiest
  1. a variant spelling of mousy
Derived Formsmousily, adverbmousiness, noun

mousy

mousey

adjective mousier or mousiest
  1. resembling a mouse, esp in having a light brown or greyish hair colour
  2. shy or ineffectuala mousy little woman
  3. infested with mice
Derived Formsmousily, adverbmousiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for mousey

mousy

adj.

1812 with reference to quietness; 1853, of color; from mouse + -y (2).

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